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* News / Nurses Begin 6-Day Warning Strike Over Proper Placement, Scheme of Service by katty: October 10, 2018, 10:03:21 AM
Portugal’s nurses on Wednesday begin the first of six strike days to press the government to table a new negotiating proposal on nursing careers in line with professionals’ expectations and commitments it has already made.

"The strike is essential to require the government to present a career proposal that meets the expectations of nurses, but, more than that, to meet the commitments that were made by the government and the Ministry of Health in the agreed negotiating guidelines, which aimed precisely to determine within what framework the assessment of the nursing career would be made," Guadalupe Simões, leader of the SEP nurses’ union told Lusa News Agency.

Starting at 8am, Wednesday’s strike is to be exclusively in hospitals (surgical wings and out-patient surgery) while on Thursday it is to take place in all public sector health institutions where nurses are in service, according to the strike notice.
The national action is to be repeated on 16, 17, 18 and 19 of October, the day when a demonstration is scheduled in front of the Ministry of Health in Lisbon to demand that the government meet commitments made during last year’s negotiating process.
The unions are demanding a review of nursing careers, the definition of conditions of access to employment categories, the salary scale, the principles of the system for performance assessment, the rules for and organisation of working time, and the conditions and criteria applicable to employment competitions.
They claim, among other matters, that the special nursing career is applicable to all public and National Health Service (SNS) institutions and to all nurses who work in them, independent of the type of employment contract they have. They are also demanding clear conditions of access to voluntary retirement for nurses and that they be entitled to full pension after 35 years of service once they are at least 57 years old; this is the unions’ starting position in the negotiations.
The unions called a strike on 20 and 21 September for the same reasons; according them, participation by nurses was at 80.4%.
The strike has been called by the SEP, Madeira’s SERAM, SINDEPOR and ASPE.

Source: News Online
* News / Ghana Needs 50,000 More Nurses for Critical Care – Expert by katty: October 10, 2018, 09:46:53 AM
Ghana needs over 50,000 nurses for critical care and emergency services at various hospitals in the country, APA learns here on Tuesday.The Principal of the School of Peri-Operative and Critical Nursing in Accra, Dr Kwaku Asante Krobea, noted that the country currently has 1,000 of such specialized nurses offering critical services.

According to him, such situation makes it difficult for patients with critical conditions to receive the needed care and attention.

“We have deficit of about 50,000 currently and the responsibility we need to take up now is to train about 5,000 more nurses in the interim to ensure that our emergency care patients receive the needed attention and care,” the Ghanaian Times report quoted Krobea as saying.

It added that his comments followed government’s inability to engage more nurses because of lack of funds.

Some of the nurses have been engaging in picketing the Jubilee House, the seat of Government in Accra to demand for employment from the government,
* News / World Mental Health Day: UK Appoints Suicide Prevention Minister by katty: October 10, 2018, 09:38:04 AM
A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit.

Theresa May said the appointment of Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to the new role will help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide.

While suicide rates are falling, 4,500 people take their own lives every year.

The appointment comes as ministers and officials from more than 50 countries assemble in London for the summit.

Wednesday's meeting - hosted by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - coincides with World Mental Health Day.

The government has also promised more support in schools, bringing in new mental health support teams and offering help in measuring students' health, including their mental wellbeing.

Ms May said: "We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence and prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives."

Alongside the announcement, the prime minister pledged £1.8m to the Samaritans so the charity can continue providing its free helpline for the next four years.
Source : BBC
* News / RNAO to Release New Guideline Recommendations To Combat Perinatal Depression by katty: October 10, 2018, 06:15:44 AM
Canada: Nurses, health organizations and parents will soon have the latest evidence-based recommendations to help them with a mental health illness that is prevalent, and yet largely undetected and untreated.

On Thursday, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) will release a best practice guideline (BPG) on perinatal depression at a media conference at its office in downtown Toronto.

Perinatal depression (a term used to describe depression that can occur before or after childbirth) is one of the most common illnesses experienced by women who are pregnant or postpartum. Research shows that between 10 and 14 per cent of women develop some type of mood disorder as result of pregnancy. Symptoms can include: frequent crying, trouble sleeping, fatigue or low energy levels, changes in appetite, increased anxiety, and difficulty feeling a connection with a developing baby or child. Unlike the so-called baby blues, which is considered normal, the symptoms of those experiencing perinatal depression are much more serious and last for more than a few weeks.

“There is a lot of anticipation about the release of this guideline and I look forward to its adoption into clinical practice,” says Dr. Angela Bowen, co-chair of RNAO’s best practice guideline and a nursing professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Nursing.
The guideline was developed using a systematic review of evidence and consultation with a interdisciplinary 14-member panel led jointly by Dr. Bowen and Dr. Phyllis Montgomery, a professor of nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Their work was supported by RNAO's guideline research and development team, which has produced 54 best practice guidelines being implemented in Ontario and around the world.

“I am confident that this comprehensive guideline will be an invaluable resource for nurses and others caring for those who are expecting or have given birth. It will also support learning of undergraduate nursing students, provincially and nationally,” says Montgomery.


The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) releases the Assessment and Interventions for Perinatal Depression (2nd edition) best practice guideline


Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.


RNAO (2nd floor foyer)
158 Pearl St
Toronto, ON


Doris Grinspun, RN, CEO, RNAO
Katherine Wallace, RN, Manager, BPG program, RNAO
Sue Bookey-Bassett, RN, member of the guideline panel and person with lived experience
Lhamo Dolkar, RN, RNAO board member and person with lived experience
RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the healthcare system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. For more information about RNAO, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
To arrange an interview, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Office: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209
* News / Mahama Pays Surprise Visit to Nurses in Jirapa, Get Mobbed by katty: October 09, 2018, 06:02:00 PM
Former President John Mahama was mobbed at Jirapa in the Upper West region as nurses sought to take selfies with him.

Mahama had visited the nurses as part of his Upper West region campaign tour.

He arrived at Jirapa to meet chiefs and people and some very enthusiastic nurses.

Earlier, he said he will create more jobs for nurses and other health workers if he is elected as president again.

Mahama added that his government had the intention to build health facilities in every district so as to create room for more nurses and other health workers to be employed.

That intention, he said, was not understood very well by the nurses, thus, leading to agitations and protests against his government at the time he was in office.

Mahama, Bagbin and some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are contesting for the flagbearership slot of the NDC ahead of the 2020 polls.

Mahama is seeking the mandate of delegates to lead the party to victory in the 2020 presidential elections.
He reminded delegates of the importance of the upcoming flagbearership elections and encourage them to participate on election day.

Source:Pulse News
* News / Gender Discrimination: India Court Orders Govt to Employ Male Nurses into Army by katty: October 09, 2018, 10:51:02 AM
-Gives Govt 2 months to carryout the order

The Delhi High Court Monday termed as "gender discrimination" the Indian Army's practice of having only women in its nursing service.

"It is gender discrimination, only other way round," a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao observed after it was informed that male nurses were not recruited into the Army's nursing branch.

The court gave the Centre two months time to take a decision on the issue and listed the matter for hearing on January 21, 2019.

The central government's lawyer sought six months time to take a decision on recruiting male nurses saying that each Army base has to be communicated and their views taken.

Denying the request, the court said, "We are in a digital world. Get everyone on video conferencing and take a decision".

The Centre also placed before the court an August 2018 office order to convene a board of officers to study the feasibility of the proposal to induct male nurses in the Indian Military Nursing Service.

According to the office order, the board proceedings are to be completed and a report submitted by October 31.

The court was hearing a society's PIL alleging "blatant discrimination" in recruitment for the Indian Military Nursing Service.

In its plea, the Indian Professional Nurses Association, has said that there were several thousand males trained and qualified as professional nurses in India and their omission from nursing corps of the Army was "unjustifiable and unconstitutional inasmuch it deprives them of an avenue of employment and professional advancement".

"The said omission also deprives the military and the nation of a large pool of committed professionals," the petition, filed through advocates Amit George and Rishabh Dheer, said.

The PIL has challenged the provisions of the Military Nursing Service Ordinance 1943 and the Military Nursing Service (India) Rules 1944, to the extent they provide only for appointment of women.

It has also contended that the Ordinance and the Rules "also perpetuate the stigmatisation and ostracism of male nurses, by singling them out and making them feel unwanted".

It has said that such discrimination is contrary to the constitutional scheme and is, therefore, "ex-facie unconstitutional, illegal and arbitrary".

The petition has sought quashing of the words "if a woman" in the Indian Military Nursing Service Ordinance and to place male nurses at par with their female counterparts.

The court had earlier termed the practice of recruiting only female nurses as "antiquated" and "stereotyped".

Source: News18
* Articles / Three million EU nurses focusing on the European elections by katty: October 09, 2018, 09:55:55 AM
Alessia Gramuglia and Paul De Raeve, of the European Federation of Nurses Associations, explain why the united voice of three million EU nurses is key to addressing European policies on education, workforce and health outcomes.

EU health and social care systems are facing more pressure due to the need to respect sustainability constraints while delivering better outcomes. Such pressure has a strong impact on three million EU nurses who are required to ‘do more with less’. Therefore, with the prospect of the upcoming European Parliament elections, three million EU nurses call on national and EU politicians to enact concrete support to the nurses to be able to deliver the best outcomes for EU citizens and patients.

Being engaged in modernisation

Knowing that the nursing profession is one of the most mobile, a crucial issue for nurses is their free movement throughout the EU. To ensure the mobility of a sufficient, motivated, highly qualified nursing workforce, the EFN has been engaged in the modernisation of Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications modernisation towards Directive 2013/55/EU, leading to the development of Article 31 in the Directive, strengthening the existing minimum requirements for nurses’ education and training.

However, ensuring that the legal modernisations are being transposed into the national legislation is key.

Compliance with Directive 55 is crucial to ensure that nurses coming out of nursing schools are able to practise throughout the EU. If nursing curricula do not comply with the modernised directive, those nurses will not benefit from the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, but will fall under the general system, often leading to them being recognised as healthcare assistants when moving to other Member States.

There are severe consequences of non-compliance with EU directives, and the EFN guide to transpose Article 31 into national legislation is crucial to strengthen health and social care ecosystems and clinical outcomes.

In this sense, a step forward has been made with the adoption of the directive on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions, aiming to prevent national governments from creating new legislation without engaging the nursing voice. The adopted Proportionality Directive is therefore seen as a new legal tool, together with Directive 2013/55/EU, to strengthen nursing as a profession.

The EU-funded project ENS4Care has shown that nurses and social workers, with the right knowledge and skills, are well placed to add considerable value for innovation, forming an important link between technological innovation, health promotion and better outcomes. The proliferation of e-health tools and technologies requires nurses and social workers to understand the evidence base underpinning the available tools, and to ensure that they are selected and used appropriately, so the right outcomes can be monitored and evaluated.

Technology needs to empower and support nurses in data collection; therefore, involving EU nurses from the start of the co-design process, with specific attention to gender sensitivity, leads to the development of tools able to support women/nurses and allows them to spend more time with patients. This should be our top priority, supported by policymakers, politicians and industry.

Urgent concerns for EU nurses

Finally, when looking at the main challenges faced by the nursing profession, it is clear that one of the most urgent concerns relates to salaries. The 2008 cuts in healthcare system financing in the EU had a negative impact on health outcomes, with nurses, mostly women, expected to provide the same quality of care, if not better, with fewer resources, leading to burn-out and nurses leaving the profession. While practically every Member State needs more nurses to support the unmet needs of their population, little is done to achieve better working conditions that keep nurses in the profession. EFN members are strongly committed to ensuring that, at the EU and national levels, policymakers reverse the trends that nowadays see women overrepresented in lower paid and informal care-giving roles.

EU nurses have been disproportionately affected by HR policies that fail to consider their professional needs in employment contracts, incentives and career advancement opportunities.

Poor salaries, unsatisfactory working conditions and ‘no say’ in decision-making processes, particularly for frontline nurses, often leave women feeling isolated, disempowered and unappreciated.

It is therefore essential to have nurses’ voices shaping the European Pillar for Social Rights. As 92% of the nurses are women, incorporating positive working environments that support work-life balance is one important strategy in retaining a competent, experienced workforce.

Unification for EU nurses is key

The united voice of three million nurses is key to addressing EU policies on education, workforce and health outcomes, and to continue building trust with EU citizens to improve health and social care ecosystems. It is crucial that political decisions taken at the Council, Parliament and Commission better reflect the need for change as experienced by frontline nurses, and that their needs and concerns are part of the political discussion and inform the policymaking process.

Healthy and attractive working environments for all nurses are needed for their development across Europe, with a focus on supporting education, frontline practice and outcomes. Nurses call on politicians to champion an appropriately educated, supported and developed nursing workforce with fair working conditions to deliver person-centred care and promote health in the EU.

Paul De Raeve, RN, MSc,
MStat, PhD
Secretary General
European Federation of
Nurses Associations
Tweet @EFNBrussels

Alessia Gramuglia, BA MSc
Policy Advisor
European Federation of
Nurses Associations
Tweet @EFNBrussels

This article will appear in issue 7 of Health Europa Quarterly, which will be published in November 2018.
* Travel Nursing / Re: US Nurse Registration Step-by-Step Guide for Foreign Educated Nurses by Wendest: October 09, 2018, 03:58:06 AM
Also can I use my phone for the jurisprudence exam?
* Travel Nursing / Re: US Nurse Registration Step-by-Step Guide for Foreign Educated Nurses by Wendest: October 09, 2018, 03:41:50 AM
I think I made a mistake in filling out my Texas application form.  The place that they asked last practice date, I think I was supposed to write till date (since I am still practicing), but I filled in the date I signed the documents, which is about 4 months ago.  Do u know if there is anything I can do to correct dat?.
* Inventions / Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge by katty: October 08, 2018, 04:41:53 PM
Johnson & Johnson’s healthcare incubator JLABS is offering up to $100,000 in development grants and mentoring to nurses who have an idea for an innovative new medical device or health technology. According to the company, there are over 3.2 million nurses in the US, and their “Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge” aims to empower these healthcare workers to solve major care challenges.

“Nurses have ideas that can profoundly change lives, and at Johnson & Johnson, we’ve consistently provided support by educating, inspiring, and empowering those in the field,” said Michael Sneed, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs & Chief Communication Officer at Johnson & Johnson. “The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge was created to bring these ideas to life by pairing them with our vast network of resources and expertise. In the end, our goal is to use Johnson & Johnson’s scale, resources and know-how to help incredible ideas move forward.”

As people on the front lines of healthcare, nurses have a long history of introducing innovating new approaches to treating patients and are still uniquely positioned to be precipitating these changes today. In highlighting the role nurses play, Johnson & Johnson singles out several well-known historical healthcare workers who were the instruments of change in their time, along with examples of modern nurse innovators.

Florence Nightingale introduced sanitary and hygiene practices in the 1800s which helped prevent the spread of disease and save countless lives. Over a century later, Sister Jean Ward would show that light therapy could treat newborn jaundice. Today’s innovators, like Rebecca Koszalinski, make use of digital technologies; she developed the Speak for Myself app which allows patients to communicate with their care providers despite the challenges and limitations imposed on them by their condition.

However, according to a survey conducted this year by Harris Interactive UK, 41 percent of respondents said they didn’t know that nurses can help in the development of new medical technologies. However, 66 percent of those surveyed felt that anyone involved in the healthcare field would have the ability to invent new devices and procedures, and 75 percent thought that nurses specifically should be given the opportunity to share their ideas.

As part of Johnson & Johnson’s campaign to promote the Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge, they’ve teamed up with journalist and author Maria Menounos, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.

“I interacted with nurses every day and know that nurses do so much more than many people realize,” said Menounos. “They’re resourceful, creative problem-solvers. I truly believe we will all benefit from helping nurses develop their ideas for better patient care.”
The Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge officially started accepting submissions yesterday and will continue until February 1, 2019. A panel of judges will review the ideas and choose a winner based on uniqueness, feasibility and potential to impact human health, among other criteria.
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